MANILA, Jan. 25, 2011â€”An anti-death penalty advocate said restoring the capital punishment would be an insult to everyone who had worked on a reform agenda for the justice system.
In Tuesdayâ€™s interview with the media, Mr. Rodolfo Diamante said he is already â€œpissed offâ€ with some senatorsâ€™ approach in preventing crimes in the country.
Diamante particularly criticized Senators Miguel Zubiri, Tito Sotto and Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., who are among those who called for the reimposition of death penalty.
â€œWe sent reform agenda to the executive and the legislative (branches of the government). Itâ€™s a beautiful documentâ€¦ we are hoping that they will study it,â€ he said.
â€œWe did not elect them to legalize state murderâ€¦ the death penalty,â€ he stressed.
Diamante is also serving as executive secretary to the Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
According to him, the senators, whom he accused of â€œgrandstandingâ€, should forget death penalty and â€œconduct more researchâ€ instead on improving the criminal justice system.
â€œItâ€™s just sad that we keep on electing people who canâ€™t think better (and) who canâ€™t be smarter than the individual criminal,â€ he said.
He also noted that the Philippines are among the signatories in the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which implicitly prohibits the reintroduction of the death penalty.
â€œThey should use Google if they donâ€™t know the Second Optional Protocol,â€ Diamante said. (CBCPNews)